Historic buildings are not the only thing that connect us to our shared heritage. In Wyoming, the spaces that surround our cities and towns are equal parts of our state's historic character. Cheyenne, Laramie, and Rock Springs would not exist without the transcontinental railroad traversing the broad, empty space of the high plains. Towns like Casper, Pinedale, and Gillette would not be where they are today without the oil and coal reserves being extracted in the surrounding hills. In the modern imagination that understands an essential dichotomy between city and nature, spaces are the places where we truly flesh out and continue to negotiate humanity's fundamental relationship with the wilderness. National Parks, highways, and trails are just some examples of places we can visit to see how we have related to nature in the past, how choose to understand it in the present, and decide how we want to change in the future.
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